Resistance and digital and managerial capital. The strategies of teachers in handling a mandatory change of practice - The enactment of a learning management system in Danish schools

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Danish schools have since 2016/17 been required to use a learning management system (LMS). If usedby the teachers, the logic embedded in the LMS potentially changes the way of teaching fundamentally.Thus, teachers must decontextualize and re-contextualizing the logic embedded in the LMS in the fieldof schooling practices. This perspective of potential dissonance between policymakers and practitionersunderpins the significance of research that seeks to understand and explain how teachers handle thechanges of practice triggered by the logics embedded in the LMS. Drawing on the growing interest inthinking with Bourdieu, this study provides an empirical contribution to the Bourdieusian literature onhow scholars can think with Bourdieu’s theory of field, habitus and capital in relation to the empiricaldata to go beyond the immediate reality in a given data-set. Additionally, this study aims to provideinsight into how changes in the field of schooling practices emerge in different teachers’ strategies.The study draws on 31 interviews with teachers, school principals and administrators to examine thefollowing research question: What different practice strategies do teachers develop to handle the newstructures in the field of school practices produced by using the mandatory LMS?The results point to three different teachers’ strategies. First, some teachers developed a resistancestrategy to work around the LMS. By contrast, the other two groups of teachers handled the changesof practice by employing a strategy of accumulating either digital or managerial capital and acting as anauxiliary arm of local management.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date5 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2023
EventBSA Bourdieu Study Group’s Mid Term International Conference - Barcelona
Duration: 5 Jul 20237 Jul 2023
https://www.britsoc.co.uk/groups/study-groups/bourdieu-study-group/events/

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ConferenceBSA Bourdieu Study Group’s Mid Term International Conference
LocationBarcelona
Period05/07/202307/07/2023
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